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Atlanta’s former mayor indicted

Tuesday, August 31st, 2004 • Filed under Uncategorized

iconFormer Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell has been indicted by a grand jury for fraud, bribery, and racketeering. As a former resident of that area during Campbell’s administration, I am not at all surprised.

Despite several of his aides pleading guilty on related charges, Campbell calls the whole thing a witch hunt. It’s only a matter of time before he plays the race card.

Unsolicited toe-licking not a crime, yet

Monday, August 9th, 2004 • Filed under Uncategorized

iconIn the U.S., this would be classified as assault.

Unsolicited toe-licking would be banned in the Netherlands under a law sought by the Dutch Labor party after police were unable to prosecute a would-be Casanova with a taste for female toes because he had committed no crime.

A police spokesman said Friday a man had been detained after women sunning themselves in Rotterdam’s parks and beaches claimed he had snuck up on them and begun to lick their toes.

It might also get you shot.

Woman murdered in front of empty police station

Tuesday, July 6th, 2004 • Filed under Uncategorized

iconGun grabbers want you to rely on the police for protection rather than arm yourself. But that approach is increasingly proving to be deadly.

A community college professor was shot to death in front of an empty police station by her husband, who then committed suicide, police said.

Debra Allen Vazquez, 50, had driven to police headquarters to get help, but all officers were on assignment at the time, authorities said.

Ironically, gun grabbers will probably exploit this story to call for more gun control, when instead, it better illustrates the unfortunate fact that police cannot possibly protect everyone in society. The courts have already ruled in dozens of cases that the police have no responsibility to protect individuals from harm. Even had the police been there and refused to help, they still would not be liable.

Had she chosen to arm herself, Ms. Vazquez might still be alive today.

Goblin gets to live a few more days

Thursday, July 1st, 2004 • Filed under Uncategorized

iconA Virginia prisoner set to be executed was granted a temporary stay of execution, so that he could appeal through the federal courts, reports the Washington Post. What strikes me as odd is the grounds for appeal. (emphasis mine)

Lenz was sentenced to death for stabbing Brent H. Parker 68 times at the Augusta Correctional Center four years ago. Lawyers for Lenz argued at his July 2000 trial that he feared Parker and killed him in self-defense.

Oh yeah. Let’s set this guy free.

Vote against Bush or else

Monday, June 28th, 2004 • Filed under Uncategorized

iconGeek notes that Moveon.org supporters have resorted to roughing up people that dare to disagree with them.

Cause and effect

Monday, June 28th, 2004 • Filed under Uncategorized

iconThat California would try to ban or limit the sales of BB guns is not all that surprising to me. But this run-on sentence by the Pasadena Star-News left me scratching my head.

The death of Deputy Mike Arruda in a shootout prompted by a man with a pellet gun that looked like a semiautomatic handgun has strengthened a police union’s support for a bill that would make it a crime to display fake guns in public and brandish a BB gun in a threatening manner.

I had trouble understanding how a cop could be killed by a BB gun. That is, until I got down to the 29th and final paragraph.

Arruda was accidentally shot by a fellow deputy during a shootout at a Motel 6 in Hacienda Heights earlier this month.

His death is a tragedy, and it is very easy to make the claim that had this ass clown not pulled out a BB gun and started threatening people, Arruda would still be alive today. But blaming the BB gun is idiotic. Had the perpetrator pulled out a black cell phone or a comb, the exact same outcome could have transpired.

A tale of two felons

Friday, June 18th, 2004 • Filed under Uncategorized

iconWhen I visited Ohio last month, I spoke with a friend of mine about getting his concealed handgun permit. He told me that he’d probably wait a while before applying for a permit. I was a little taken aback, and asked him to explain his reservations. Quite plainly, he told me that it was a shitty law. He said that the way the law is written, you have to jump through too many hoops and obey too many nuances. And if you step out of line just once, you get hit pretty hard. He said that even a simple violation of one of the many nuances in the law could mean that you lose your firearm’s rights forever. At the time, I thought he was a bit paranoid, but now I’m starting to wonder.

Ohio’s concealed carry law indeed appears to be suffering from growing pains. In Shelby County, Sheriff Kevin O’Leary released a bunch of confidential information about permit holders to the news media. The media promptly published people’s names and home addresses in the local newspaper. In doing so, both committed a felony.

You see, when concealed carry was being debated in the legislature, Ohio Governor Bob Taft demanded some concessions. One such concession was that the names of permit holders not be kept secret. He demanded that the news media be allowed access to the lists of concealed handgun permit holders. The provision effectively put cops in between a rock and a hard place.

On the one hand, local Sheriffs are met with a huge demand to process concealed handgun applications in a timely manner. On the other hand, they’ve got big media liberals hammering them for personal information about just who is being granted permits. Although the law clearly states Sheriffs are to provide the “county of residence”, the Shelby County Sheriff took that to mean “local address”. Now, I don’t know about you but if I was filling out a form and it asked for my “county of residence”, I’d name the county in which I reside. I certainly wouldn’t fill in the blank with my complete home address. In doing so the Sheriff, perhaps unwittingly, committed a fifth degree felony. He claims it was just a misunderstanding, and I’m prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt. If a stern warning changes the way he handles future requests for information, I don’t see the need to ruin a good policeman’s career. Although the county has appointed a special prosecutor to investigate the matter, the chances are pretty good that they’ll take care of their own and nothing will happen to the Sheriff O’Leary.

But then comes the double standard. Just one county over in Montgomery County, Douglas Lyons mistakenly tried to carry his pistol into a court house. He had a permit, but carrying guns in court is illegal. In fact, under the new concealed carry law, it’s a fifth degree felony. He claims it was just a misunderstanding, and I’m prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt. If a stern warning changes the way he carries his firearm in the future, I don’t see the need to take away a good citizen’s firearm’s rights.

County police, on the other hand, don’t really see it that way. OFCC reports that local “Law enforcement officials say permit owners need to be careful about where they carry concealed weapons. They said gun owners are aware of what the law is and that there will be no warnings, but arrests.” Montgomery County officials think that there is no room for tolerance, and they are prepared to throw the book at Lyons. Should we also presume that if their sheriff (and news media) violated Ohio’s concealed handgun statute like Shelby County Sheriff O’Leary did, they would be just as zealous in their prosecution? I have my doubts. It sounds an awful lot like another case of ‘rules for you but not us’.

Reach out and touch someone

Wednesday, June 16th, 2004 • Filed under Uncategorized

iconIf you’re going to steal cell phones, you probably ought not pick the U.S. Presidential First Daughter as your intended victim.

The 22-year-old [Jenna] Bush was sitting at a hotel terrace when two men tried to steal a cell phone on a nearby table. Law said it wasn’t clear to whom the cell phone belonged, but Bush’s bodyguards reacted immediately.

One secret service agent punched one of the suspects in the mouth, [embassy spokesman John] Law said, adding that he had no other details of the altercation.

Five bucks says the would-be thief sues the U.S. government over this agent’s unilateral action.

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